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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Projecting the Patriots' inactives

By Mike Reiss

Before the New England Patriots play a game, we'll attempt to predict the team's inactive players.

Our best guess on the list for Sunday night's game against the Broncos:

Chris Barker: Rookie guard from Nevada, claimed on waivers from the Dolphins at the 53-man roster cutdown, has been inactive for seven games as he's on the developmental track.

Steve Beauharnais: Linebacker, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers, is on the developmental track as he's been inactive for seven games this season.

Jake Bequette: Defensive end is fifth on the depth chart, and while this could be a DE-heavy type plan, there are only so many spots.

Alfonzo Dennard: Starting cornerback reportedly had a meniscus procedure on his knee last weekend and despite being on the practice field for limited work this week isn't expected to play.

Marcus Forston: First-year defensive tackle dressed last week but didn't play in the game, and with the Patriots expected to mostly be in sub packages against the Broncos, this doesn't project as a big defensive tackle type game.

Michael Hoomanawanui: Fourth-year tight end missed practice all week with a knee injury which could be more of a longer-term issue than a short-team situation.

Leon Washington: Veteran running back/kickoff returner is still not 100 percent as evidenced by not making the trip to Carolina for last Monday's game.